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Thread: How to organize my stash?

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    How to organize my stash?

    I have been following the mission organization threads and have searched for information and trying to get my sewing space organized but I can not find out how to get started organizing my stash of fabrics. Right now they are in lots of assorted totes. I tried to organize my FQ's by color in an under the bed tote so I can see what I have and have them on hand, it works okay but not great, too many different sizes of FQs as I usually do not wash and iron them until I am ready to use them. I do not have much room, I have 1 dresser that I can use. Does any one have ideas for the larger sizes and batting?

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    I am having the same difficulty ... tooo much fabric and tooo little space. But I keep acquiring more fabric. I'm trying to organize but the stash expands the more I work with it, as if having a life of its own. I look forward to see what others have to say.
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    I'm sure that you'll get lots of suggestions on this topic. Try ones that you think might work for you and see how it works. I have my fabrics in big drawers by background colors. All fabrics are ruler folded with a 4x12 inch ruler, then is put in the drawer on the edge so that I can see what I have in the drawer without going through piles of fabrics. I don't have a lot of FQ's since I tend to buy yardage. I have 2 drawers full of fabrics and the fabrics to go with the focus fabric and the pattern I'm going to make with it, this way I don't mistakenly cut up fabrics that I had intentions of using for a different quilt. Batting storage can be a problem, but what I'm going to do(when I have the money to buy a full roll) is to put 2 U shaped hangers and a HD rod of some kind on the wall directly above my cutting table, then when I need batting I just "roll" off what I need.

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    Trial and error. That's not much help I know but it seems to be the best way for me. I've tried several different ways, and sure I'll change it again someday.
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    I ruler fold and put in cabinet keeps getting fuller and fuller. Not sure what I will do next!

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    I bought a full roll (two actually, one is under my quilting frame on a pole that is meant for it but I don't have a place for the other and thought of hanging it from the ceiling as well. But explain the U shaped hangers and a HD rod please.
    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
    I'm sure that you'll get lots of suggestions on this topic. Try ones that you think might work for you and see how it works. I have my fabrics in big drawers by background colors. All fabrics are ruler folded with a 4x12 inch ruler, then is put in the drawer on the edge so that I can see what I have in the drawer without going through piles of fabrics. I don't have a lot of FQ's since I tend to buy yardage. I have 2 drawers full of fabrics and the fabrics to go with the focus fabric and the pattern I'm going to make with it, this way I don't mistakenly cut up fabrics that I had intentions of using for a different quilt. Batting storage can be a problem, but what I'm going to do(when I have the money to buy a full roll) is to put 2 U shaped hangers and a HD rod of some kind on the wall directly above my cutting table, then when I need batting I just "roll" off what I need.

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    Old cd racks work well for fat quarters. If you have closet space you can hang yardage on hangers.

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    GREAT idea!!!

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    I have my yardage folded as if it was on a bolt in colors. Then for material less than an eighth of a yard I place in see through bins with the color labeled on the outside. Right now I have my fat quarters in see through bins but I love the CD rack idea.

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    I put all my stash on mini bolts in 2012. It really helps to see what I have an a glance on my shelves of my fabric cupboard. You can cut your mini bolts yourself out of foam core or buy acid free comic book cardboards for your fabics. Alaskasunshine did a nice tutorial on QB on mini fabric bolts.

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